Nationals vs. Marlins Saturday Prediction
After rallying late and then holding on to the win in the first game of the series, will the Washington Nationals make it two in a row against the host Miami Marlins when the NL East rivals meet again Saturday at 4:10 p.m. ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Saturday, May 26, 2018
4:10 p.m. ET, Marlins Park
TV: WSH (MSN2); MIA (FSFL)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Nationals as a -155 favorite. As of this writing, 74% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Nationals to beat the Marlins on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Nationals' Roark allows three runs in loss to Dodgers
Tanner Roark gave up three runs in seven innings and was charged with a loss to the Dodgers in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader. He pitched well for the most part, striking out eight batters against one walk. He did surrender six hits, including an RBI-double by Max Muncy in the sixth inning.
Roark didn't have much margin for error in this one as the Nationals' hitters gave him just one run of support. He falls to 2-4 despite a nice 3.39 ERA and 1.01 WHIP through nine starts. He's got 53 strikeouts and 17 walks in 58 1/3 innings.
Marlins' Chen turns in excellent outing vs. Braves
Wei-Yin Chen allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings in a no decision against the Braves on Sunday. Chen gave up five hits, and he struck out five Atlanta hitters while walking just one. The 32-year-old left-hander has been much better over his last two starts; as he’s given up just the two runs in 10 innings while striking out eight. He still hasn’t recovered from his struggles in early May, however, as his ERA sits at 6.55 with an ugly 1.64 WHIP.
MLB Betting Trends
The Nationals are now 10-1 in their last 11 games against the Marlins after winning last night. They're also 4-0 in their last four games in Miami but are just 1-4 in Roark's last five road starts versus the Marlins.
The under is 16-6-2 in the last 24 meetings between these two teams.
I don't know how Chen stifled a hot Braves offense that was firing on all cylinders but there's no need to press your luck today. The Marlins are 2-5 in his last seven starts and 1-4 in his last five outings against the rest of the National League East. The Nationals haven't exactly been great when Roark toes the rubber but he's deserved a better fate thus far and should pick up a win tonight against a pesky but weak Miami offense.
The Pick: Washington Nationals -150